Commonwealth Day 2018

It’s Commonwealth Day today! Did you know, it was originally known as Empire Day – a patriotic celebration of the British Empire, complete with fireworks, bonfires, sports competitions and military reviews? Empire Day was traditionally celebrated on the last school day before Queen Victoria’s birthday (May 24) in the late 1800’s to mid-1900’s.In the 1950’s, it was changed to Commonwealth Day, and set for the second Monday of March. It is now a celebration of the diversity, unity and values of the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth.

“(Track & Field) The first hurdle in the final. Empire Day, Canadian Athletic Meeting at Godalming.”
Credit: Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada/PA-022668.